Cua Van Floating Village is located between Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. The village is bordered by the magnificent limestone cliffs that seem like rising from the ocean. Not only does the visit bring you beautiful sightseeing but also cultural experiences on the spot. Oftentimes, the cruises to these Bays include this poetic site in the itinerary which effectively attracts tourists.
Cua Van Floating Village Information
This is the largest fishing village in Halong Bay, which belongs to Hung Thang Commune, Halong City. The floating village is set in the calm water zone and walled by the karst cliffs, which make it a refuge for boats to avoid storms. Dozens of kilometers away from the shore, Cua Van fishing village is famous for the pristine floating houses set next to each other, resulting in the lovely scenery. Visiting this poetic site, you will be able to steer clear of the urban stress as well as vehicle noises. The scenery is placid, captivating, and pristine that is perfect for sightseeing all year round.
Regarding the cultural experiences, this village is derived from two ancient fishing villages of “Giang Vong” and “Truc Vong.” This area is home to around 300 households who mainly live on fishing. They all live in the floating houses and even the children of 5-6 years old are able to row a boat.
Tourist Activities in Cua Van Fishing Village
Cua Van Floating Village in Halong Bay has long been an attractive tourist attraction for almost all cruise tours, and it is a big shortcoming if you ignore this beautiful cultural spot. While the routes to this village are truly spectacular with the emerald sea, limestone islets, forested islands, etc., the village itself from afar is very pretty. The brightly-colored houses are the eye-catching objects and the mountain background helps enhance their pictures a lot. Getting there, you will first experience to be a “fisherman” who is using a bamboo boat to move around.
Once voted as the 14th among the top 16 most beautiful ancient villages in the world by Journeyetc.com, Cua Van fishing village gains a lot of respect from the tourist communities who value a sense of responsible travel. It’s noted that the locals row around their floating houses to collect garbage or any floating wastes in order to decrease the risk of water pollution, which wins the international thumbs-up. So you see, the visit to this traditional fishing hamlet is not for fun, but also for valuing the locals’ environmental awareness that expects visitors to follow, too.
Photography in Cua Van is just amazing, and even the simple objects can become photogenic. It’s a must to photograph the brightly-colored boats on the emerald seawater as well as the houses on the water with the forested mountain background. In some moments, it’s possible to capture how the fishermen throw the fishnets, how children can even oar a boat, or how they sell the newly-caught fish. Make sure your camera is full-charged and ready to do its jobs!
Also, cultural experiences in Cua Van floating village ensure to be the happy memories that you can communicate with the friendly locals and observe the traditional fishing techniques. There are artifacts for visitors to witness and learn about the ancient tools used in fishing. You can also find pictures and documentation which are being displayed for the public views. If interested, you can even ask for the hands-on experience in catching fish and shrimp in the nets, which will be later turned out to be the delicious seafood dishes. What’s more, from this village, it is easy to visit Ba Ham Lake, Tien Ong Cave, and other natural attractions of Halong Bay as well as Lan Ha Bay.
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